Hauser Lake

Cooke City, Wyoming 82423

Hauser Lake

Hauser Lake Professional Guide

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"A very easy day trip to a spectacular area that is close to the highway but still a remote wilderness. The undesignated wilderness south of the Beartooth Highway (US 212) is often ignored as hikers flock to the more well-known trails north of the road. Yet the area south of the highway is equally wild and scenic and, of course, less crowded.

This hike is similar to the Gardner Lake hike but without the big hill. The trail is not well defined in the meadow along the road, so keep your eyes peeled for a few big cairns marking its location. Once you get near the trees, the trail becomes easy to follow and is well defined all the way to Hauser Lake. The elevation on this hike is much lower than the trail to Gardner Lake—starting at 9,841 feet and dropping to 9,650 feet at Hauser Lake, and the entire area is mostly open—and very scenic."

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Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A seemingly remote day trip or overnighter to a spectacular area accessible with a short hike. This trail is similar to the Gardner Lake hike (Hike 33) minus the big hill, and is ideal for beginning backpackers who like to fish or families with young children out for their first night in the wilderness. There’s a trailhead information sign on the south side of the road for the Beartooth Recreation Loop (Hike 34), which can be hiked from this trailhead as easily as from the Gardner Lake Trailhead (Hike 34). The trail is not well defined in the meadow along the road, so keep your eyes peeled for a few big cairns that mark its location." Read more

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Trail Information

Cooke City
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Skill Level
USGS Deep Lake; RMS Wyoming Beartooths; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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